Sheikh Rasheed offers visa, passport to Nawaz if he wants to return

By: News Desk
Published: 03:38 PM, 29 Dec, 2021
Sheikh Rasheed offers visa, passport to Nawaz if he wants to return
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Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Wednesday declared that Nawaz Sharif’s return to Pakistan will make no difference and claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan would eradicate inflation in the fifth year of his tenure, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Addressing media men in Rawalpindi, Sheikh Rasheed said “I will give visa and passport to Nawaz Sharif if he informs me about the date of his return.”

Sheikh Rasheed dismissed talks in political circles of Nawaz Sharif's purportedly planned return to Pakistan as "useless chat". He said "unnecessary hype" was being created around Nawaz Sharif's return, adding it was unfortunate for Pakistan that people "who spent most of their life here eventually leave the country instead of loving it".

He said that his party (AML) was a ‘forever coalition partner’ of the PTI government and maintained that the next year was for local government elections.

To a question, the minister said eradicating poverty was the government’s top agenda. Mini-budget would be passed at any cost, emphasising that it was necessary to control the dollar rate. “Imran Khan will complete his term of five years and we will contest next elections also under his leadership,” he added.

Sheikh Rasheed said that every party wants the establishment to support it but the establishment says that it will only support the elected government of the country.

The minister said that this is a year of local body elections and will also contest next general elections under the leadership of Imran Khan. He further said that reducing poverty is agenda of Imran Khan and expressed hope that the premier will be able to control inflation in last year of his term.

He said that people would not be disturbed or made homeless during the construction of Nullah Leh in Rawalpindi, adding that the project would pull people out of poverty.

The Ring Road project in the garrison city would also be completed soon, he claimed.

Sheikh Rasheed said he would launch his book on 50-years of politics on January 5, adding that they did not let any land grabber strengthen his feet in the five decades.

There would be a great parade on Pakistan Day, he said. The government had requested the opposition parties to stage their protest on March 30 instead of March 23, he said, announcing that for the first time, there would be a flying past of JS-10 fighter jets.